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Old 03-22-2015, 01:09 PM   #1 
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Talking DRACO'S AQUATIC ODYSSEY-Draco's Journal

Hey there, fellow betta enthusiasts! This is my very first fish journal on here- LONG OVERDUE, considering I got my betta boy over 4 months ago:) Given my bad luck with previous pets, I honestly didn't think he would last this long, so

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WELL DONE, DRACO! Haha, corny Harry Potter joke , it's a tad bit Riddikulus. And also rather Ron of me to do this to you non-Potterheads on this site. But anyway...

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At that link, you'll see a picture of Draco Malfoy Jr. He is a dragon-scale betta that is transparent-colored. In pictures, he has a pinkish tint. He's an extremely eager and energetic boy, always exploring his home as though it is the first time he has ever seen it. It seems as if he would come out of his tank and snuggle with me if he could- unfortunately, he's not exactly the brightest fishy in the sea I've trained him to follow my finger and "kiss" it when I leave. His tank is in my sister's room, since it is he warmest room in the house. He is, unfortunately, without a heater and filter. However, he is kept very near to a heater, so his water stays at a comfortable 76 degrees Fahrenheit. I perform a 50% water change once every 2-3 days. He is currently in a My Fun Fish Tank (I'm very aware that this is an unsuitable home, since it is only around a gallon, but he is getting a nice 3 gallon in June, when I get my ADF(s). Anyway, now that you know a bit about him, I hope you'll enjoy reading about him, and help me figure out this fish thing :D Please be aware that I'm only 12 years old, so I can't exactly afford the nicest tank and highest-quality food, etc. I'm choosing to not have a filter for now since I already do frequent changes of water and I can use Prime to keep ammonia under control. Also, since my tank I'm getting will be small, it'll be harder to cycle and control ammonia and pH levels. And, I want to do more individual research on here and other fishy sites before I decide what filter to get, whether or not to cycle fishless, things like that. But, so this is my general fish-keeping journal... Yeah :)

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Old 03-22-2015, 01:36 PM   #2 
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beautiful white betta. almost looks cloud white.
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Old 03-22-2015, 02:02 PM   #3 
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beautiful white betta. almost looks cloud white.
Thanks! The downside about him, though, is that I thought he had ICH when I first got him. I then just realized that that is the natural coloring of his head.

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Old 03-22-2015, 07:10 PM   #4 
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Did a partial water change with Draco today. Before I changed his water, there was a scattered bubble nest along the surface of his water...
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I fed him 3 pellets, and he scattered them all and danced to get them all It's so amazing how easily he can make me smile.
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We did some flaring, and Draco showed off his impressive beard...
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Harry Potter humor again. Haha :P

...And that was pretty much today. But, as for the tank I will be getting in August, what should I do? How should I decorate? If you can make recommendations, please do so, but if you're going to, then please make it either from Amazon or things that are at most Petco stores. I want to get:

•Plant(s) (don't need to be real, but no rigid plastics)

•Substrate (what kind to get?)

•Filter/heater (not sure when/if I will be getting these, but if you know a good kind please say so:)

•Other animal(s): As you would know if you had read my previous post, I want ADF's, but should I get a female instead, since it will be less aggressive? Then I could keep Draco in his tank, which he seems surprisingly happy with. Or should I not get ADF's and instead get a couple females (like a mini sorority)? If I should do that, then how many females so there won't be a dominant one?

Also I'm going on a trip in about a week, what should I do then? Of coursew, I could just get my older sis Anna to clean his tank and feed him. She had a betta before, Bubba, but she gave him to a friend because she was a busy college student who didn't want to neglect him. I believe he was a veiltail, and he was a dark navy blue color. I will DEFINITELY NOT have my sister Erin care for him. She got a betta along with Anna, but her water was too cold so the betta died of shock. His name was Hercules. But, any vacationing tips would be great
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he looks almost exactly alike one of my bettas except mine has two red dots on his tail.
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Old 03-23-2015, 06:56 PM   #6 
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I did a 75% water change with Draco today, and his water was WAY TOO COLD! Apparently I need a heater more than I thought :P Could anybody recommend a good one for small tanks (on Amazon preferably)? Also, it's official: I'll be getting a female for the ADF tank! :) I found some decently-priced 5 1/2 gal. tanks on Amazon, so I will most likely get one of those as opposed to the 3gal I was looking at. I made a few jar quarantines today. One is made of a Mason jar, and the other is made of a big jar used to hold bath salts (I rinsed VERY thoroughly). I'll probably only use these when I'm cleaning the tank, and when I first get the girl betta and ADF's. Or, I'll just get very cheap mini-tanks at the nearby Petco. Maybe I'll even just hold off on the ADF tank until winter, when the $ a gallon sale comes around... Or I could do the ADF tank in June as planned, and then get a 10 gal during the sale and start a sorority? I think I might do that... But then my mom's probably going to cut me off. She just doesn't understand the fish life :\ I'm mainly holding off on a filter because I'm freaked out by the idea of cycling. But, could anybody give me some pointers, stuff like that? Oh, wait, that requires having people read this :P I really do love the concept of the My Fun Fish Tank, I just wish it was bigger! ARGHH! On a lighter note, though, what should I name my ADF's and my female? Of course, I won't finalize the names until I see the animals, but I'm going to name all of my fish Harry Potter names (unless I like a non-H.P name enough to go with that:), so it should be easy to come up with a few good names beforehand. I'm thinking of naming them after some of Draco's friends in the book, for example, naming the frogs Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle, and the girl fishy could be Pansy Parkinson. Or, I could name them after the Golden Trio: the ADFS being Harry and Ron, the girl being Hermione. I don't really know what I want to do...

Hey, guess what? I finger-fed Draco for the first time ever today! IT was so adorable, he just pecked the pellet off of my fingertip. I was kind of like a kiss/nip/tickle/like he was trying to suck my blood. Odd feelings here :P
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he looks almost exactly alike one of my bettas except mine has two red dots on his tail.
Cool, maybe yours got bit by a vampire betta?
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Cycling isn't scary, lol, I promise. Basically you just keep doing what you're doing and the tank will cycle on its own. I'd highly recommend a sponge filter. This is the one I have in all of my tanks (er, rather, two of them, but the third is on its way). It's on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0056XVF82
And then you need tubing and an air pump to run it. I got the air pump on Amazon as well, and the tubing on Amazon the first time and then from my local hardware store when I realized that they sold it there. Here they are on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009YJ4N6/...r+pump+whisper
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0002A...4yL&ref=plSrch

The tubing was far cheaper at the local store, 15 cents per foot. Both filters were a bit strong for my tanks, but I bent the tubing in half and gently twist tied it like that, and it slowed the filter down to the right strength.

The air pump comes with a thing you can put on so that you can attach tubing to it in two places, and thus power filters for two tanks with it.

I think a female betta and ADFs in a 5.5 gallon sounds like an excellent idea. I've been toying with the idea of getting some myself, lol.
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Old 03-23-2015, 07:31 PM   #10 
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Cycling isn't scary, lol, I promise. Basically you just keep doing what you're doing and the tank will cycle on its own. I'd highly recommend a sponge filter. This is the one I have in all of my tanks (er, rather, two of them, but the third is on its way). It's on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0056XVF82
And then you need tubing and an air pump to run it. I got the air pump on Amazon as well, and the tubing on Amazon the first time and then from my local hardware store when I realized that they sold it there. Here they are on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009YJ4N6/...r+pump+whisper
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0002A...4yL&ref=plSrch

The tubing was far cheaper at the local store, 15 cents per foot. Both filters were a bit strong for my tanks, but I bent the tubing in half and gently twist tied it like that, and it slowed the filter down to the right strength.

The air pump comes with a thing you can put on so that you can attach tubing to it in two places, and thus power filters for two tanks with it.

I think a female betta and ADFs in a 5.5 gallon sounds like an excellent idea. I've been toying with the idea of getting some myself, lol.
Okay, thanks. My parents are probably going to think it's ridiculous to spend so much on fish :D But, if they want to be mad at somebody, they should be mad at my Aunt Kim (aka the one who got me the My Fun Fish Tank for Christmas and started this whole thing. Hey, I've officially decided- I'M NAMING THE FEMALE IN THE ADF TANK AFTER HER :)

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